Flower Basket

Taking a photograph in the style of William Eggleston is deceptively easy. Easy in the sense that you might say to yourself: "I can do that!". Deceptive in the sense that it is easier said than done.

My recent photographic project theme for more than a year has been an ongoing street photography series in Peterborough and any other places I happen to be. Eggleston sees the world and its objects and people as equally worthy of being a photographic subject. Everything can be the subject of a "Democratic Camera".

But what makes his photographs stand out? A number of things. One that is often cited is his use of colour. It's an axiom that he pioneered the use of colour in fine art photography, but he wasn't the first to do that for street photography. I think Fred Herzog was doing this in the 60s in Vancouver first.